Dehradun: Plant lovers sitting abroad do not need to visit India for seeking in-depth details about plant varieties grown in the country. For they will now have at their disposal online information on more than 3 lakh plants, provided by the Forest Research Institute (FRI) of Uttarakhand.

The FRI scientists are firming up to upload information of nearly 3 lakh 30 thousand plants on their Institute’s website, which will enable anyone to seek details about the plant variety, favourable conditions required for growth of the plant at the click of a mouse.

The data base for majority of the varieties is ready. The botany division of the Institute has compiled data of 15,000 seed-based plant varieties against the 17 thousand varieties available across the country.

The oldest amongst the enormous collections is the rose sample which was taken from Assam in 1807. Various samples of a plant variety have been collected of the same from different locations. And based on the samples, the details related to the plants have been extracted and compiled.

In a bid to share the robust information to large number of people, the FRI authorities have planned to upload the details on the website. “Considering the fact, that the collection of details in a file would not have enabled sharing of the information to a larger number of masses, the details will be made online. The photographs of the samples are being taken. Once 50 percent of the work gets completed, the details will be uploaded on website,” said officiate head of botany division, Dr Veena Chandra.

Thereafter, one can extract any information of plant variety while sitting in any corner of the world, just at the click of a mouse, Dr Veena maintained.

JPN/Bureau